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3 Things You Can Do To Prevent Global Warming

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 0

What Is Global Warming?

Global warming is the rise in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. It happens when greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, and others trap heat from the sun. For example, when heat is trapped in a car, the sunlight can get into the car. It can get in through the windows, but cannot escape. This hurts the environment because plants and animals cannot adjust to this change. The rhythms of the climate changes and causes inhabitants of nature to die. It is one of the biggest threats to the survival of the world's wildlife. Temperatures are estimated to increase by as much as 10 degrees within the next 100 years. There is a debate among politicians as to whether it is real. However, environmental scientists claim that it is a reality. Mountains, farms, and forests have been affected by global warming. The increased presence of fossil fuels and agriculture is believed to be the greatest culprit over the last half-century. However, humans can prevent this plague of the world. The following 3 things can reduce or prevent it:

Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Today, about 50% of carbon dioxide higher than it was 200 years ago. Coal and petroleum are some of the most popular theories as to why temperatures have risen. Natural gas is also a contributor to the warmer atmosphere and the greenhouse effect. You should make an effort to drive less because it will reduce your gas consumption. More money will also stay in your pockets. Avoid hybrid cars because they are highly dependent on fossil fuels. Do some research and find out which vehicles are the most energy efficient. Consider alternatives such as walking, bicycling, and public transportation. Why use gas when your destination is only a couple of blocks away? A brisk walk is healthier for you and it helps reduce global warming. Bicycling allows you to shed pounds and stay healthy. Give yourself a break by riding a bus. Reducing these gases can significantly help the environment.

Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of regular light bulbs. (CFL) bulbs last longer and help decrease your energy bill. Studies have shown that they use about 60% less energy and can save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide every year! This simple adjustment can do wonders to fight global warming. When you are not using them, make sure that the switches are turned off. This will make your bulbs last even longer. Passive solar designs is another great way to make your home energy efficient. They reduce the need for heating and air conditioning. This will also save money in the future. Consider buying a dishwasher for your home. Try washing your clothes in warm or cold water. Consistently using hot water will drive up your energy costs. Avoid buying a concrete home because they are highly polluted and is a contributor to global warming.

Keep Your Thermostat Updated

Use your thermostat to keep your home at a reasonable temperature. About 50% of the energy in your home goes toward heating and cooling. You should purchase a programmable thermostat because they will reduce your energy bill. It is recommended that you lower your thermostat in the winter and raise it in the summer. Environmental experts estimate that people can save close to 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year. This is another simple thing you can do to help the earth.

Consider alternatives such as walking and bicycling to driving your vehicle. They can reduce fossil fuels and keep you healthier. Making your home energy efficient can save you money and help the environment. Keeping your thermostat updated can reduce your power and energy costs. 

 

 

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